Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Green Machine

green machine

green machine
works cited: j. crew sweater (old); ruche dress; hue tights; MIA wedges; necklace c/o little o by wolfbrother

A couple weeks ago, Lauren and I went to the Refinery29 launch party (there is a picture of what I wore here, if you'd like to see). While we were there, I spotted this adorable girl wearing a lime green cardigan over a black and white button-up and I was reminded of an almost identical sweater that has been languishing in the back of my closet for years. When I bought it, I thought lime green would be the most versatile color, but it has not proven to be so in practice. What else would one wear it with, besides the obvious neutrals (black, white, gray, navy)?

53 comments:

LNR said...

I have a lime green cardigan from JCrew, too, though it appears to be different than yours. I've actually been playing a little bit with lime green and burgundy, and lime green and eggplant. Lime green over a black-and-white print dress is still the best, though, I find. I really like that Ruche dress, by the way.

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

Brown would look good with it for sure, but it is a neutral. I think that intense colors look good with neutrals, allowing the bright to shine and be the focal.
Pretty outfit.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

those are good suggestions--my pinterest board is full of "neon and neutral" so maybe i could pair it with an off-white? brown somehow feels strange to me with lime green although this girl wearing the sweater at madewell had brown boots and a belt and it looked smashing.

Anonymous said...

I have some pants in a weird grayish brown (brownish gray?) color. Lime green is one of the few colors they go with. I wouldn't recommend buying gray-brown stuff just to wear with your sweater, but if you happen to have it already, you might try it. Also, gold and jade jewelry can go with lime green, depending on the color of the jade.

Megann Jabola said...

Wow, I find lime green a tricky color. But I guess it sounds good {in theory} with burgundy, yellow, and other pastel colors.

It's always great to be reminded of a purchase you haven't used at all/haven't used for a while. It's almost like a new piece of clothing all over again. :)

♥♥ Megann of STYLE SURGERY

Rebecca said...

Hmm.. lime. I like what you did with it. Lime seems to go well with either very light colors or very dark colors. Maybe with a deep purple? That would be pretty.

Annie said...

Love the lime color. It would look great with shades of blue I think...and other brights. Or also something more neutral like tan. And of course, black and white like you said. Love when you can bring a new sweater to life :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Anonymous said...

I REALLY LIKE THIS OUTFIT! I remember you having a custard yellow scarf... dare I suggest the two together with an otherwise neutral outfit?? Or with a yellow shoe. But I am a coloraholic! Otherwise I like all the suggestions above--eggplant, burgundy, etc. I don't really like the idea of wearing lime green with solid black, personally, because I'd be afraid the black would make the lime green look washed out or faded. But in your outfit the pattern sets it off nicely!

Evelyn said...

I frequently look like a rainbow threw up on me, and I know that's not really your style, but I think lime green looks great with teal/turquoise. More on the blue side of teal/turquoise is my preference to have a greater contrast with the green. Teal long-sleeved tee/button-down+lime green cardigan+neutral bottoms+pop of hot pink jewelry, maybe? The hot pink might be a little much, but I think the rest could work.

Emily said...

I clicked on the link to zestes de mode and was chuffed to discover the word 'chuffed' in your comment. I've Googled it and added it to my lexicon. I learn so much from you!

I love lime green with any shade of blue-- it would look great with that cobalt shade that's everywhere this winter. It would also look good with a dull grayish purple.

Melissa said...

I like lime green with brown, turquoise, or pink. Enjoy!

Shevy said...

Love your blog! You are WAY to stylish to be a nerd!!

Wren said...

I would wear lime green over floral anything. Or a pale blue.

eliza said...

i love lime green with teal and turquoise. i love the yellow-green with the blue-green.

amanda said...

i have a dress that mixes lime green with lavender and cream, and it's gorgeous! love this outfit!

Aimee said...

I love your outfit at the madewell party! Could you post the details?

Vittoria said...

I love lime green with pink or coral! But lime green wth neutrals is definitely the best winter look.

seasonalepicure said...

I second LNR's comment about burgundy or eggplant, especially for the fall. I like it with jade for a nice bright splash of color in the winter (maybe this exact outfit with jade or teal tights?)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

seasonalepicture--yes, what a great idea!

aimee--here are the details:
gap pants; lxri sweater (from filene's basement); ralph lauren outlet button-up; thrifted heeled loafers; ruche necklace and thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I also have a lime green sweater, though it does seem to be near the end of its life and keeps getting all baggy right after I put it on. But I digress.
I'm quite fond of wearing it with bright purple, brown, and cobalt blue.

Nylse said...

you have to be in an obnoxious mood to wear lime green because it's that kind of color. i love it with brown and metallics.
i like your outfit - the entire thing esp. the tights and the wedges....beautiful

Terri said...

I have a lime green sweater (I wore it the other day on my blog if you want to check it out) that I wore with my chambray shirt. I also wore it once with pink/fushia/magenta/whatever that color is, and it looked really good. Best of luck with your lime!
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Joan said...

I would wear it with a bright red skirt and a white blouse! It seems a little unorthodox but I think it would be cute. I also think that a good outfit using pieces I've seen you wear would be a plain black high waisted skirt and that white blouse from forever21!

Style of Your Own said...

I love the leg lengthening affect with your tights and wedges. Lady you look so like a model! From the posts I've seen, you look like you're getting more and more comfortable in front of the camera. Way to go!

Rachel W. said...

I'm another vomiter-of-rainbows, scorner-of-neutrals, so I would dig this outfit with teal tights, or with a dark red dress or skirt. The idea of eggplant or cobalt also delights me-- I think Mia of readinginskirts.blogspot.com wore lime green with both those a couple of days ago, and it looked quite good!

Sidewalk Chic said...

I think your sweater would look cute with your tucker for target red floral dress, or any similarly colored brownish-red floral dress. Maybe a little loud, but fun in autumn. Good luck with styling it. I have a striped lime-cream sweater and I usually just treat it like it's a neutral itself.

So cool you got to hang out with Lauren! :)

Anonymous said...

I completely love your style and the way you put outfits together! I just found your blog a couple of days ago and fell in love with the way you wear skirts. I often feel like a dork because I love to wear skits with tights but you dont see people dressing like that too much in California. Thanks for the inspiration!

jackie mae said...

Cute outfit! The lime green looks great with the black and gray.

Lady Harriet said...

I am definitely on the bright color bandwagon. I love lime green with hot pink, dark or bright purple, turquoise, and blue. I know these are maybe not so much to your taste, but you could try it with olive. Sal from Already Pretty wore light lime(like your sweater) with burgundy earlier this year, and that color combination really struck me. While looking for the link to that outfit, I found this one as well, where she wears lime with purple. My own lime green clothing is a darker, more saturated color, but I think Sal's outfits provide pretty good examples.

Susan Borland said...

mmmm, I feel like people wear lime green with neutrals. but also vibrant blue and hunter green. it's just all over jcrew.
this outfit is a-dorable!
love,
SUZE

Sara Soda said...

So adorable! I love the tights. I need to be braver with wearing tights, I'm afraid I'll be too cold! But they're so cute, it would probably be worth it. :)

Anonymous said...

I think it would go with your red pants!

Katie Vale said...

I LOVE everything about this outfit!!

Meg said...

I'd sceond the red pants recommendation. I think you could pair a lot of colours with the lime green successfully, especially purples, reds, and blues. It all depends on what you have. I think cobalt blue would look really fetching.

2ndhandknowledge said...

I love the color combo!

Anonymous said...

SUPER cute, creative, and yet subtle outfit!!! i love the shoes and color combination. also, i really like the bun with your hair parted. you really look very pretty! (well, you always do, but it doesn't hurt to reiterate it! :))i don't own anything lime green... but i will say that i own a mint green cardigan that is always a delicious topping to my outfits of almost any color scheme.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

thanks, friends!
i know many of you suggested the red pants, but wouldn't that be kind of christmas-y? i shy away from red and green together unless it's ironic. would that really work?

Carrie @ GCOGH said...

I was inspired to style mine a new way today. Mine is a bit more chartreuse than lime, but check out my version on GCOGH (http://gochicorgohome.com/explore/members/1759/photos/309281) and let me know what you think!

~C

S. said...

Burgundy/maroon! I have a lime green tee from Target and I wear it with my maroon cardigan all the time. I also think lime green would lood good with a dark teal.

Sparkles said...

I really like your outfit! As in, I like it enough to delurk myself. The other commenters' suggestions of maroon and burgundy are really great. I have a sweater in a similar color, so I like the styling tips they're suggesting! I styled my sweater with a brown top and red pants. You've been one of those fashion bloggers who inspired me in the red pant direction, so feel free to check it out if you'd like (oh and please ignore the rolled up bottoms--I've since learned my lesson and never wear them that way!): http://mooseinchartreuse.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/sequins-a-fancy-modern-pirate/

Kultur und Stil said...

I'd also suggest maroon... I also have a lime green thing (it's a scarf) and I'm always struggling what to wear with it! And you are not a nerd... Look at me - just in love with music (classical), opera, literature (french 19th century) - that's what a nerd should be - but we aren't - we are just "special" and thats what makes us unique ;-) love your blog!

:) Jen said...

I would actually mosey on over to this post on Wardrobe Review for some ideas. Her colors schemes are a little more muted than lime, but I'm sure she'd have some good suggestions if you left a comment.

By the way, do you italicize a website title, underline it, or put it in quotes?

:) Jen

Anonymous said...

I think your outfit looks great and I agree with another commenter: you totally look like a model! whoa, woman!

I'd pair lime green with kaki,with beige,any shade of green, light dusty pink, any blue jeans.

Court said...

I love lime green with plum/deep purple. I also think it would be best friends with hot pink!

Anonymous said...

Lime green never makes me think of Christmas unless there are also jingle bells involved.

Plami said...

What a lovely outfit! I really like it! It's so beautiful and chic!

XoXo
Plami

http://www.fashionthrill.com/

Hannah said...

You look lovely! I think this is a great way to wear lime green, which is def not the easiest color.

Looking forward to meeting up tomorrow!!!!

Kym ((bitty)) said...

hi there. i just found your blog and i am loving it! thank you for the pattern and instructions for the most adorable pocketed skirt in the world (i changed it's name just a bit ;)

i hope you'll stop on by my blog for a visit.
xo
kym
bitty&bunny

Jo Bao said...

I love your outfit :) this is really cute. I love how the sweater doesn't steal all the attention away from the dress ~ lovely!!

Jo Bao ♥

Connie. said...

Brave it and wear that cardigan with color! Say, a pink or blue plaid button down! I have a mustard colored one that looks awesome with my American Eagle pink flannel. The color combination is insane and wonderful!


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Connie. said...

OOOPS! I forgot to add add that this combination you posted here is terrific :-)

seasonalepicure said...

Hey Tania,
I tried out the lime + jade combo that I suggested earlier. With the skirt I wore, it felt very 60s. I liked it! Here's the link if you're interested: http://gochicorgohome.com/explore/members/1759/photos/315707

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

-C

Shaye said...

Lots of people have chimed in with this, but lime goes great with a whole host of blues besides navy - turquoise, teal, cobalt, slate blue, robin's egg blue. I've seen some people suggest yellows, but if I were pairing it with a yellow, it would be in the warm and deep or vibrant range - saffon, mustard, gold, ochre - and keep the rest of the outfit neutral. You might be able to make it work with rust or tomato red. (Maybe as a small accent, in a chunky necklace, modest scarf, belt, or shoes?) And you can pair lime with lots of other, although not all, greens. It really depends on the green - sometimes they'll fight and sometimes they'll pop, and in my experience of mixing greens, you really have to put them next to one another to tell. Sometimes things you think will look great end up awful, and vice versa.

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